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Queensland based Aussie's are all class in Hungary

24 May 2018

Once again, Queensland members of the Australian paracanoe and canoe sprint teams competing at the ICF World Cup in Hungary over the weekend have proved they’re a force to be reckoned with on the world stage.

The women’s K4 500 team featuring Queenslander’s Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull put the rest of the world on notice when they took home a silver medal after forming as a team less than two months ago. This newly formed K4 team is looking the goods if they can maintain their form in the lead up to Tokyo 2020.

The key to their early success according to Alyce Burnett is the way they prepared as a team and took things "right back to basics and worked up from there."

A silver medal in their first World Cup together is something they never imagined when they formed two months ago and would have been happy with a fifth place in the A Final. Needless to say a silver medal and the fastest ever time in the K4 500 by an Australian Team is a brilliant result.

Australia’s Paracanoe superstar Curtis McGrath has once again shown he’s all class at the Paracanoe World Cup taking home two gold medals in the KL2 and VL3.

"I’m feeling good, but a bit more training would help," McGrath said.

"I think due to my preparation leading in I had to be content that I wasn’t going to perform as well as I wanted to, but it goes back to all those years I’ve worked hard in the V1, and now I’m in the VL3 class it’s a good feeling to race the fastest in this group."

Three-time World Champion Susan Seipel overcame illness to finish third in the women’s VL2. An impressive result considering she was battling a cold and severe laryngitis for several days in Szeged, but fought hard to take third behind British pair Emma Wiggs and Jeanette Chippington in the new Paralympic event.

"It hasn’t been the best week for me, being sick since last Saturday," she said.

"So that’s the best I could do today. I have to be happy with just getting out there.

"There’s been lots of changes, it’s very different to what it was before. We’re looking at a whole new field, but it looks like I’m going to have to do a lot more work."

Overall it was a successful World Cup for the Aussies and an exciting start to their 2018 international season.

Copy thanks to Canoe Australia

Last updated
24 May 2018